Mum’s tragic fate. Daugh­ter re­calls how happy Mother’s Day turned tragic

Fiji Sun - - FRONT PAGE - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI

Af­ter spend­ing a happy Mother’s Day at a rel­a­tive’s house, a fam­ily of six were met with tragedy af­ter they lost their mother in a road accident on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Dead is Mi­lika Bo­la­tolu, 53, who is said to have died at the scene at the Caubati Road junc­tion in Nas­inu.

Her daugh­ter, Leilani Talei, 29, who re­called the lead-up to the tragic event be­fore she lost con­scious­ness, said she and her mother, three chil­dren and her un­cle were on their way back home in Caubati from Valelevu.

She was speak­ing from her hos­pi­tal bed at the CWM Hos­pi­tal, with a neck brace at­tached yes­ter­day.

In crit­i­cal con­di­tion, are her two daugh­ters. “We were try­ing to turn into Caubati Road,” Ms Talei said.

“Two taxis were rac­ing to­wards Nau­sori. One of it had past us. It was un­for­tu­nate that the sec­ond had hit the pas­sen­ger side where my mother was sit­ting,” she said.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the accident.

Ms Talei said as a re­sult of the im­pact, her mother was thrown out of the ve­hi­cle.

“My daugh­ters who were in Year 2 and my two-year-old daugh­ter were seated with us in the back­seat, while my Year 5 son sat in the front seat.”

Ms Talei said she was thrown to the boot of their ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle is a Toy­ota Hy­brid. She re­called that good Sa­mar­i­tans trans­ported them to the Valelevu Health Cen­tre.

“I was still in shock when all this was hap­pen­ing. Be­cause of the im­pact, I kept los­ing con­scious­ness,” she said.

“This morn­ing, for no rea­son I screamed out ‘Na’.

“I asked my dad about her and he told me that she had passed away.”

Ms Talei said she was try­ing to re­main strong for her chil­dren. The daugh­ters had un­der­gone surgery yes­ter­day while her son and un­cle are in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Po­lice, the accident oc­curred along the Caubati Road junc­tion.

It is al­leged that the ve­hi­cle had col­lided with a taxi which was head­ing to­wards Nau­sori.

De­ceased Mi­lika Bo­la­tolu pic­tured with her grand­daugh­ter Char­lotte Lola Grace Moia­vanua.

Photo: Ilaijia Ravuwai

Leilani Talei at the Colo­nial War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

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